What motivates someone to begin writing a book? It’s an intriguing question, and the answers vary from writer to writer, but one thing remains constant: an idea is born in the brain and must be nurtured, given life, and then introduced to the rest of the world. Motivation is critical at first; if self-motivation is impulsive, the idea remains an idea and is not implemented; if motivation continues to flow, words begin to fall like rain from clouds of thoughts to the earth like paper. Here, I’ve attempted to provide tips for authors, particularly aspiring authors. Writing a book, in my opinion, necessitates the following requirements:
Avoid attempting to write a book if you lack discipline. This is the first and most important quality needed to hone any skill, and especially when it comes to writing a book, it is critical to draw a schedule, inscribe self-imposed rules, and stick to it until an emergency requires re-planning. It is acceptable to occasionally deviate from a fixed schedule, but procrastination on a regular basis is not. When you don’t feel like writing, take short breaks and do something you enjoy, such as playing a sport, watching your favourite movie or television series, reading a book, going for a drive, cooking something delicious, or simply going for a walk.
Maintain discipline and communicate your timelines to family and friends. Inform everyone that it is difficult to keep track of your schedule because it is primarily a solitary job. There will be days when you will write thousands of words and days when you will only stare at your computer or your diary. Maybe you don’t need to explain the process to your loved ones, but it’s a good idea to share your plan and schedule with them so that your personal and writing lives are balanced.
Allowing external circumstances to disrupt your inner peace will make you impatient. And finishing a book requires a great deal of patience. Keep track of all the factors that could test your patience and devise a strategy to deal with them all. And there will undoubtedly be many unavoidable situations in life where you cannot immediately take control; all you can do is allow time to pass and gradually try to return to being a patient person first, which leads to being a writer with perseverance
Ability to face rejections
You may have worked alone for months or years, putting in time, heart, and everything to complete and publish the book. However, the rest of the world may not place as much value on it as you do. So, persevere and be prepared for rejection because it is a necessary part of the journey. Prepare your mind to be fearless in the face of rejection; devise a coping mechanism that will allow you to keep writing and appreciating yourself despite the rejections.
Writing is a part of your life, not your life. You could be a student, a friend, a coworker, an entrepreneur, a housewife, a parent, or simply someone with interests other than writing. You’ll need to create mental sections that allow you to switch between writer’s mode and other modes as needed. This will be extremely crucial in my long-term writing journey.
Above all, write to impress your soul; you’ll enjoy your work, and others will eventually fall in love with your words. It is your life and your decision. So, stick to it no matter what. There will be tides of discouragement from people who do not understand you or your art. In reality, everyone faces discouragement from others or from within. Sometimes the things or people around you make you feel bad about yourself. Attempt to work on your project more during those days. That is the practical way to keep your brain from becoming overburdened with garbage.
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” -Anne Frank